Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
World | By Camille Rivera

North Korea has begun to dismantle the range in Pungere

North Korea has begun to dismantle the range in Pungere

North Korea has invited eight South Korean journalists to an event to showcase the dismantling of its nuclear test site scheduled for next week, Seoul's unification ministry said Tuesday. But it remains unclear if Kim would ever fully relinquish the weapons he probably views as his only guarantee of survival. In order to allow broadcast, North Korea will also be "opening territorial air space".

South Korea, meanwhile, said it will hold a high-level meeting with the North Wednesday to discuss measures focusing on reducing border tensions and resuming reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 war.

North Korea plans to join global efforts to implement a total ban on nuclear weapons tests, an ambassador for the country told the United Nations disarmament body on Tuesday (May 15).

The former No. 2 man in the North Korean Embassy in London casts doubt on North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's new cuddly and approachable image in a new memoir published Monday.

The U.S. asked North Korea to abandon nuclear weapons as early as possible by shipping some of them out of the country, in a move to win an early and concrete achievement in denuclearizing the reclusive state, South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

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Kim declared his nuclear force as complete in December, following North Korea's most powerful nuclear test to date in September and three flight tests of ICBMs created to reach the USA mainland.

Bolton has previously made hawkish public comments that supported preemptive USA attacks on North Korea to counteract the threat of their nuclear arsenal.

He said: "North Korea's definition of denuclearisation is different from the complete, verifiable, irreversible dismantlement that we think of".

"All the things the North Korean people need - [including] the capacity for American agriculture to support North Korea so they can eat meat and have healthy lives", he said. North Korea is desperately in need of energy ... for their people.

But while Pompeo elaborated that Washington is "always concerned about human rights", he said, "it's the case not only are there political prisoners that remain in North Korea, there are Americans held around the world by other rogue regimes too".

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The same three authors who looked at the most recent satellite imagery for 38 North wrote after last year's test that imagery taken then appeared "to show numerous landslides throughout the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site and beyond".

One particular worry is that if North Korea does not destroy its knowledge on nuclear weaponry, it could carry out research in secret and resume a nuclear weapons programme at short notice enabling the country to sell the data to other nations or terrorist groups.

But in September 2008, the North declared that it would resume reprocessing plutonium, complaining that Washington wasn't fulfilling its promise to remove the country from the USA list of state sponsors of terrorism.

The North went on to conduct its second nuclear test in May 2009.

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